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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Yes, I like the way the pound cake came out; it's the other recipe with almond paste and citrus glaze that didn't fall out of the pan right .. I thought I'd been generous with the Wilton cake release. I think this recipe made it stick.

about 4 hours ago
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Perfection!

1 day ago
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

In SF area they put it out on Fri/Sat ?Sun?

Sep 29, 2014
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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

Ditto

Sep 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

When it got sliced up at the party, no one could tell.

I thought it was too sweet, prefer the pound cake instead of with almond paste.

Some liked it but I didn't like it enough to repeat.

Sep 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Here's the photo of citrus one and below the pound cake on red plate:

Sep 29, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I always get the Persian cucumbers, too .. they come in regular and organic and I opt for the organic.

Sep 28, 2014
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Most almond-y dessert?

Even tho I was generous with the Wilton cake release stuff, bottom part did not fall out so I pieced together the parts .. not pretty. (I've had trouble uploading a photo.) I took it to the party anyway and sliced it up, some liked it but I thought it tasted too much of almond paste and a bit too sweet .. I like my regular pound cake much more.

Sep 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I tried replying on my I Pad so I could post the photo but the circle keeps spinning and won't complete the post .. so .. w/out the photo:

I used plenty of the Wilton release but had trouble getting it out of the pan .. I patched it up, guess I'll take it as is since my friends are not that picky. When I made the 2 pound cakes I had no trouble getting those out of the pan.

Sep 27, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Boo Hoo .. I just made this and it's in the oven .. it did not fill up my swirl pan, either. I followed the recipe exactly, even weighed the sifted cake flour. I wonder what it's going to look like, if it'll look special enough to take to a party.

Sep 27, 2014
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Most almond-y dessert?

I have this cake in the oven now, did it in my swirl pan. I followed recipe to the letter, even weighed my sifted cake flour which came to a little less than the 3/4 of a cup.

Problem: it did not fill up my pan!! I won't get all those nice swirls. I've only used this pan twice before and I used "Elvis'" favorite pound cake and it made too much for the pan! (But turned out perfectly.)

Sep 27, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

The almond paste one I'd bought previously was already frozen (I've since seen the fresh ones there) so I heated it up and it was great, only takes a few minutes.

Sep 27, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I tried a sample in the store and thought it was really delicious, loaded with flavor.

Sep 27, 2014
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What's your WholeFoods grocery list

I like the pump of E O lavender hand soap.

Sep 26, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I live in San Francisco and at TJ's around here they have the Keitt mangoes (last year they were in only briefly .. was only able to snag once). They are $1.99 each and big and you really need to let them sit on your counter until they get a little soft (maybe 3-6 days?) .. be patient. They are mostly green (outside) in color. Really delicious. A high end market here (Andronico) is selling the same exact mango for $4.69 EACH.

I bought the stalk of Brussels Sprouts. I removed the sprouts (?) and quartered them, put on a half sheet pan with S & P, a bit of Aleppo pepper and olive oil. Roasted at 410 for 22 minutes, stirring mid time. They keep well in fridge and I like eating them cold.

Sep 25, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

How sweet? I can't stand things that are too sweet. The regular kringle was nice, not overly sweet.

Sep 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Here's the link to the smittenkitchen recipe .. I did not make the crumbles and, like I said, I used powdered sugar instead of brown sugar and I used sour cream. It held well in the fridge but I would not add the whipped mixture until just before serving.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/0...

Sep 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

If I could do anything this beautiful I'd give myself a big pat on the back!

Sep 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Smitten Kitchen did a whipped cream recently and added some sour cream .. she said this would make the whipped cream stay whipped a few days in the fridge. She was right! I added powdered sugar to mine instead of the brown sugar she used .. it was to top fresh strawberries.

Sep 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I've been wanting to make that almond paste cake with an orange/lemon glaze .. was going to use the swirl pan (I'd seen a photo of it in said pan). Are you suggesting I'll have trouble putting the glaze on it?

Sep 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I think the swirl pan is prettier; I've made pound cakes in mine .. came out perfectly using the squirt out Wilton cake release.

Sep 22, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I'll bet it was extra beautiful; really wish to see a photo of it!

Sep 21, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

It was also in South San Francisco. It was pumpkin/caramel .. sounds too sweet to me. (I know, I haven't tried it but came to that conclusion anyway.) Their chai drink mix is way too sweet.

I like the regular kringle .. almond paste!

Sep 18, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Did it come with the carrot "greens"?

Sep 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

So pretty; how did you make the carrots? Piped out?

Sep 16, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

I live in CA and butter prices have really gone up here; I'm lucky if I find Challenge for $4.79 for ONE POUND. (I didn't care for the Kirkland butter.) I tried Trader Joe butter for the first time .. it was only $3.59 or so per lb and I thought it was fine.

Sep 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Let us know if you find a good recipe; now I'm intrigued.

Sep 11, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I like things less sweet. Should I weigh out the cherries, ½ lb like the raw rhubarb? Since I have 3 lbs of cherries, I guess I can make one with 1/8 cup sugar and see if the next one needs more or less sugar.

Should I thaw the cherries, first?

Sep 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I've never really liked rhubarb but I'd like to try this smittenkitchen recipe with frozen tart cherries that I just bought at Costco.

In the recipe she says other fruit would need a lot less sugar than the rhubarb: for ½ lb of fruit you add ¼ cup of sugar. The tart cherries have no added sugar (I have not opened the pkg, not tasted them yet). Do you think I should add no sugar to this part or maybe 1/8 of a cup?

Sep 09, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I just bought and tried the raw milk gouda with truffles. From just a taste, I like it but maybe I prefer the Italian with truffles; definitely did not like the cheddar w/truffles.

I really liked the cheese 2-3 months ago, name ends in nost and has a green rind. Haven't seen it since, hope they bring back.

Sep 09, 2014
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